If you picked up an Xbox One in the past couple of weeks you may be annoyed by the fact the console does not display the available capacity of its hard drive. It ships with a 500GB drive, but Microsoft has chosen not to share with users how much of that space is free. Microsoft’s reason for this is an automatic storage management system that just takes care of things.
I’m not happy with that reason, and I’m guessing many other gamers aren’t either. If you play a lot of games, you need to know if there’s enough space left to install the next one.
So, with Microsoft refusing to share storage details with Xbox One users, IGN decided to figure out the free capacity of the drive for itself. The result is quite disappointing. Gamers only have 362GB of the 500GB hard drive available to use (for comparison the PS4 has 408GB). Microsoft has since confirmed that 138GB is reserved for the operating system and first-party apps.
IGN figured out the available space by continuing to install games. They ran out of space at the 20 game mark, with the total space used coming in at between 362-365GB. They can’t be exact because the Xbox One won’t share specifics with the user.
Space for 20 games may sound like a lot, and it is when we’re in year one of a new console. But this is a console that’s meant to be sat under your TV for a decade, and inevitably in 2-3 years from now, hard drive management is going to become a thing that many Xbox One owners will have to do. Alternatively they could turn to external storage when it becomes available or wait for the inevitable 1TB (maybe even 2TB?) Xbox One model.
What’s clear is Microsoft has reserved a lot more space than it currently needs for the operating system and apps. If you consider installing every app available for the Xbox One right now only requires 1.6GB of space, there’s no way the OS needs 136GB. Some of that is going to be reserved for video recording of course, but there must be over capacity built in for the future.
The Xbox One will have an USB 3.0 expansion drive very soon. Hang in there. Also, each game consumes a different amount of disk space so your results may vary dramatically depending on which games you load. And, no doubt the internal drive will grow in size in newer models. For the near future, it works fine for 99.9% of the users.